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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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Item Description: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842, 1842. Large octavo. Original brown vertical grain cloth, covers blind-stamped, spine with figure and title in gilt (stained, worn), inscribed to Bryant "from his friend and admirer, Charles Dickens". Housed in a brown quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Substantial dampstaining to top edges of boards, also affecting contents but to a lesser extent, head and tail of spine chipped, wormholes to joints, boards rubbed and scuffed, ring stain to front board, some spotting and oxidisation of plates, sporadic foxing and tanning to text. Provenance: by descent from the recipient. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores. Dickens met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday 22 February 1842 and presented him with a gift of six books, all American editions of his own works. Bryant reciprocated by presenting Dickens a copy of this own The Fountain and other Poems, his inscription using the same form of words (that copy later in the Stephen H. Wakeman collection, sold American Art Association, April 1924, lot 26, $400). Bryant was well-disposed to Dickens, at that time the most famous living author in the world, but he, like many other Americans, was dismayed by the criticisms Dickens expressed in his American Notes (1842) and in the American chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit (1844). However, he recovered sufficiently to visit Dickens as an old friend on his return to America in 1867. The fact that this is an American edition of Dickens's first publishing success is evocative: Dickens had strong feelings on the contentious issue of international copyright, and the subject hung over the whole trip. He mentioned it himself several times during his public engagements, eventually drawing on himself the wrath of the American press. Lea and Blanchard (successors to Cary and Lea) were Dickens's "official" American publishers and had prepared for his visit by reprinting his works to date, but the American economy was in the middle of a depression, general fiction could only be sold in the cheapest possible formats, and the cash-strapped publishers were not eager to further erode their profits by paying royalties to foreign authors. Bookseller Inventory # 90110

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by N.p. [before April 1837, London (1837)

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Item Description: N.p. [before April 1837, London, 1837. Autograph manuscript leaf from The Pickwick Papers, comprising a page from Chapter 37, with text beginning; ÒIt may be, but I ainÕt much in the chimical line myself, so I canÕt sayÓ and concluding ÒYouÕll see some very handsome uniforms.Ó. Paginated Ô75Õ at the top of the page by Dickens. [London, just before April 1837]. A leaf from the setting manuscript used by Bradbury and Evans, printers to Chapman and Hall, with many deletions and insertions by Dickens. The deletions include three full lines of text plus four words blotted out; DickensÕ insertions consist of three word added interlineally at the top left.One leaf (230 x 185 mm.), manuscript text on recto only, written in a brown ink. Inky fingerprint at lower center, minor browning to extreme edges, faint evidence of mount along one edge. Housed in an orange morocco folder with more silk lining and in a quarter morocco clamshell case.From the group of eleven leaves owned by the Comte Alain de Suzannet and later sold by SothebyÕs in 1971. The Kenyon Starling-William Self copy.A leaf from DickensÕ working manuscript of the ÒPickwick PapersÓ; One of a very few in private hands. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, which catapulted the then-young Dickens into literary fame and evidenced the economic fortuity of issuing novels in parts, was serialized from April 1936 to November 1937, and it audience grew tremendously with each monthly installment. The 25-year-old wrote, revised and delivered his manuscript to the publisher in monthly bundles. The complete manuscript, had it been preserved, would have been very large indeed. But, in keeping with the practice of the time, his holographic leaves were almost always destroyed as soon as they were set in type. Charles Hinks, foreman-printer at Bradbury & Evans, managed to save forty-four leaves of DickensÕ original manuscript from the dust bin. The great majority of these leaves are now in institutions in the US and England. Only a single leaf has been offered for sale in the last few decades and that was the one form the Paul Francis Weber collection sold by SothebyÕs in 1985.The text of this leaf constitutes part of a comic scene involving the redoubtable Sam Weller, who is much given to loud whistling. In this chapter Pickwick and his friends are in Bath and Weller has received and invitation to dine with the elegantly uniformed Ôselect footmenÕ of Bath. One John Smauk is sent to accompany Weller and he is much irritated by WellerÕs whistling. Full transcript available. Bookseller Inventory # 73157

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Suite of 29 original drawings for Bleak: DICKENS, Charles.) BROWNE,

DICKENS, Charles.) BROWNE, Hablot K.

Published by London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853 (1853)

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Item Description: London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853, 1853. Comprising 29 drawings of various sizes (generally about 110 × 175 mm) in pencil and watercolour, individually mounted on sunk mounts, hinged, in a late 19th-century album. The album oblong folio (310 × 240 mm), dark blue morocco, front cover with large metal monogram (comprising initials C, E, I, and G), fore edge with brass lock and key, edges red. Together with a copy of the published book in 19/20 original parts, octavo, original pictorial wrappers. Book label in Part 1 of Mortimer L. Schiff (1877–1931). Wrappers a little chipped at spine ends as often, plates with marginal oxidisation as usual, a very good set. Frontispiece, vignette title-page, and 38 engraved plates (including 10 "dark" plates) by H. K. Browne. As usual, there is some variation in the make-up of the inserted advertisements from the exhaustive collation of the ideal copy provided by Hatton & Cleaver; however, "The Village Pastor" booklet in Part 15, described by Hatton & Cleaver as "rather scarce" and "often wanting" is here present. Hablot Knight Browne (1815–1882) is the illustrator most closely associated with Dickens: he even changed his pseudonym to Phiz to harmonize with Dickens's Boz. His achievement in rescuing the ill-fated images for Pickwick Papers established his reputation, and he continued to illustrate the majority of Dickens's full-length novels until the end of the 1850s. The illustrations to Bleak House show him at the zenith of his powers. Thirty-nine Phiz illustrations were originally published with the book's serialization in 1852–3. The present collection of 29 drawings, which remained unknown to Kitton, was sold at auction in 1922 for £480. The collection was then described as being accompanied by a letter (no longer present) dated 1 July 1878, reading: "Dear Sir, The sketches which I have forwarded to you, are those which my father (Hablot K. Browne) made for his etchings to 'Bleak House', which I received direct from his hands. I am, Dear Sir, yrs. Faithfully, W. G. N. Browne." The collection was subsequently acquired by the noted collector Mortimer L. Schiff (1877–1931), remaining in the possession of his heirs after his death. One other set of Phiz drawings for this title is known to us, a complete set of drawings for the originals, including the frontispiece and vignette title, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of St Albans, together with similar suites for David Copperfield and Dombey and Son. These were sold by Sotheby's, 20 Nov. 1899, lots 826–8, to Sabin, who paid £360 for the Bleak House drawings. All three collections are now in the Elkins Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. That the present collection includes drawings done before publication is indicated by the artist's instruction on the illustration for "Mr Guppy's Entertainment", "Bite it all a shade darker H.K.B." In other respects, the drawings mostly conform to the final published versions, with the notable exceptions of the design for "Visitors to the Shooting Galley", which is quite different, and the dramatic drawing of "The Mausoleum at Chesney Wold", which is apparently unpublished in this version. The album of original drawings is offered together with a copy of the first edition in the original parts, which appeared in 20 numbers, bound in 19 monthly parts, the last forming a double number, from March 1852 to September 1853. "Writing at the height of his powers, Dickens adopts a virtuoso form of double narration, and the novel has since the middle of the twentieth century been widely acclaimed as his greatest work" (ODNB). Eckel, p. 79–81; Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 275–304. Bookseller Inventory # 100033

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The Old Curiosity Shop.: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842 (1842)

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Item Description: Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842, 1842. Large octavo. Original brown vertical grain cloth, covers blind-stamped, spine with figure and title in gilt (stained, worn), inscribed to Bryant "from his friend and admirer, Charles Dickens". Spine expertly repaired, with restoration at head, dampstaining to top edge of contents, boards scuffed and dampstained, foxing throughout, offsetting and oxidisation to plates, as usual with American piracies of this date, overall a good copy. With two autograph letters signed to the poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant, Carlton House, New York, 14 and 27 February 1842, together 3 pages, 8vo, the second with later annotation to upper margin. Provenance: by descent from the recipient. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation, inscribed by Dickens: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores, and with two accompanying autograph letters signed. In the first letter Dickens writes: "With one exception (and that's Irving) you are the man I most wanted to see in America". Dickens excuses himself for not having been able to see Bryant when he called, adding though that "As I lost what I most eagerly longed for, I ask you for your sympathy and not for your forgiveness". He presses Bryant to come and breakfast with him—"I don't call to leave a card at your door before asking you, because I love you too well to be ceremonious with you. I have a thumbed book at home, so well now that it has nothing of you on the back, but one gilt 'B', and the remotest possible traces of a 'y'. My credentials are in my earnest admiration of its beautiful contents". The second letter was the cover note to the gift of six American editions of Dickens's works, all similarly inscribed: "If I had any control over the accompanying books, they should be unillustrated, and in outward appearance more worthy your acceptance." After the delays indicated by the first letter here, Dickens finally met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday 22 February 1842. Bryant responded to the gift of books by presenting a copy of this own The Fountain and other Poems, his inscription using the same form of words (that copy later in the Stephen H. Wakeman collection, sold American Art Association, April 1924, lot 26, $400). Bryant was well-disposed to Dickens, at that time the most famous living author in the world, but he, like many other Americans, was dismayed by the criticisms Dickens expressed in his American Notes (1842) and in the American chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit (1844). However, he recovered sufficiently to visit Dickens as an old friend on his return to America in 1867. The fact that this is an American edition is evocative: Dickens had strong feelings on the contentious issue of international copyright, and the subject hung over the whole trip. He mentioned it himself several times during his public engagements, eventually drawing on himself the wrath of the American press. Lea and Blanchard (successors to Cary and Lea) were Dickens's "official" American publishers and had prepared for his visit by reprinting his works to date, but the American economy was in the middle of a depression, general fiction could only be sold in the cheapest possible formats, and the cash-strapped publishers were not eager to further erode their profits by paying royalties to foreign authors. Bookseller Inventory # 90111

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Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hard Back. Book Condition: Very Good. A truly stunning first edition set. The first appearance of Great Expectations in book form. Originally it appeared it thirty-six weekly numbers of  'All the Year Round'. All first edition, first printings - no 'edition' mentioned on the title page. Limited to just 1000 copies of the true first issue. Beautifully bound by Riviere, in full polished calf. Gilt triple ruled borders to boards, red and green label bands to the spine. Five raised bands to the spine of each volume, with beautiful intricate gilt tooling to each section, gilt titles to the label band, and date to the bottom of each volume. Top edge gilt, fore edge and bottom edge untrimmed. Stunning elaborate gilt inner dentelles. Green endpapers, new prelims and last blank pages, otherwise entirely original. Just the slightest of rubbing to the spine edges otherwise in excellent condition, no fading at all to the spines so they present beautifully and sit very well together on the shelf. Original paper labels pasted in to an end page to each volume. Slight foxing otherwise contents in very good condition, free from any inscriptions. Pages nice and bright with no browning. Meet all reference points as stated in the Walter E. Smith bibliography, including 'recal' to pg84 Vol 1, 'their' for 'her' on pg162 of Vol 2, and 'skackled' for 'shackled' pg262 Vol 3. No publishers catalogue to the rear of volume three but Smith does state that 'some copies of the first five issues did not contain catalogues'. Vol 1 344pp. Vol 2 351pp. Vol 3 344pp. A beautiful first edition set of one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, a true collector's edition. Bookseller Inventory # 089380

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: 1868. Signed "Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Washington, D.C. Seventh February 1868." Large oval portrait photograph measures 13 inches by 13 inches. Matted in a walnut frame which measures 24 inches by 27 inches. On his Washington tour Dickens met President Andrew Johnson and signed this photograph on the date of that meeting, February 7, which also happened to be Dickens' birthday. He discussed in a letter to his friend and agent John Foster regarding that day, "This scrambling scribblement is resumed this morning, because I have just seen the President: who had sent to me very courteously asking me to make my own appointment. He is a man with a remarkable face." From the Library of The Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Portrait photographs of this size signed by Dickens are exceptionally rare, especially with such noted provenance. Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognized him as a literary genius. Bookseller Inventory # 5825

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Adventures of Oliver Twist Or, The Parish: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings bound in the ORIGINAL blue/green wrappers SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a handwritten check laid into the first volume. A beautiful complete set in ten parts that were issued monthly. All the wrappers are ORIGINAL with NO missing pages. The colors on the spines match and have benefitted from some professional restoration. Overall, a wonderful set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15214791011

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Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life,: Dickens, Charles
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Item Description: John Macrone, London, 1837. Cruikshank, George (illustrator). Three small octavo volumes. viii, 348 pp.; (iv), 342pp.; viii, 377pp., + (19)pp. of advertisements. First edition, first issues in book form of Dickens's first work. Illustrated throughout with engravings by George Cruikshank, volumes I and II each with a frontispiece and seven subsequent illustrations, and the Second Series with frontispiece, engraved title-page, and eight subsequent illustrations. Volume I Preface dated February, 1836, and both volumes with all but one or two internal flaws as called for by Smith. Second Series is one of the few early copies without the list of illustrations, with thirteen rather than seventeen lines on the first page of the Contents; legible commas on the Free and Easy imprint; and with Vol. III unerased from the foot of each plate. According to Sadleir, these points "certainly seem to represent an earlier (and perhaps suppressed) issue of the book . . . the only possible explanation seems to be that [the publisher] and Dickens planned Sketches by Boz as a three-volume work, and that the plates were prepared for the third volume in uniform style with those of Volumes I and II. Possibly Dickens then insisted on adding more material than a normal third volume could accommodate, and a second series in one bulky volume was forced on the publisher." Eckel even more definitively states that the missing list of plates "prove[s] to be a mark of the first issue of the book." Although most of the sketches in this work were originally published as separate entries in various magazines and journals between 1833 and 1836, this edition does represent the first appearance of five of the sketches: "A Visit to Newgate," "The Black Veil," "The Great Winglebury Duel," "Our Next-Door Neighbours," and "The Drunkard's Death." The first two volumes are bound in publisher's olive green cloth, with a gilt cartouche and lettering on the spines. Corners lightly bumped, some minor spotting to cloth, else about fine. Second Series is bound in the rare original rose-colored cloth with blind-stamped wreath on the front cover and spine in four compartments, top compartment lettered in gilt within a decorative gilt frame. The gilding has been applied without black pigment, again indicating one of the early copies, as mentioned by Smith. Some bumping to corners, spine slightly sunned, and a few short closed tears in cloth at foot of spine. Nearly fine. Each volume in a green cloth chemise, the three volumes housed together in a quarter morocco slipcase lettered in gilt on the spine. This set came from the collection of William E. Self, former president of Twentieth Century Fox, and bears his bookplate. Both volumes also with the bookplates of noted collectors Winston Henry Hagen and E. Hubert Litchfield. A very nice set of a seminal work of modern Western literature, with excellent provenance. (Eckel, pp. 11-13; Sadleir I, 700; Smith 1, 2). Bookseller Inventory # 22180

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The Christmas Carol, and the 4 other: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First editions of all five Christmas books in extraordinary condition, featuring a near fine and unrestored copy of the true first issue of The Christmas Carol, with "Stave I" on p. [1] and with the text entirely uncorrected. With all known first issue points: title page in blue and red, dated 1843, chalky green endpapers, 14-15mm between the gilt wreath and the left margin blind-stamping on the front cover, a perfect "D" in "Dickens" in the front cover wreath. According to the most recent exhaustive study (Todd's, analyzing the front cover), this copy is of the earliest state of the first issue. Near fine condition, and rare as such. Other books also in near fine or fine condition. Cricket has second state of ad leaf in rear, and Battle of Life has the 4th state of the title page. Housed in a custom-made collector's case. Bookseller Inventory # 1701004

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INFELICIA: Dickens, Charles. 1812

Dickens, Charles. 1812 - 1870]. Menken, Adah Isaacs [1835 - 1868]

Published by London - Paris - New York (1868)

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Item Description: London - Paris - New York, 1868. [5], v, 141, [1] pp. Binder's blanks at front & rear. Frontis of Menken. Facsimile of Dickens' "letter", which is actually comprised of portions from 2 letters Dickens sent Menken [cf. LETTERS, v. 11]. Cuts as head- tailpieces. Sq 12mo. 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" Dickens knew Menken through her 1864 performances at Astley's, during which time she was accepted by the London Bohemian crowd, holding 'literary salons' at her suite at the Westminster Palace Hotel. Her aspirations toward literature resulted in this modest volume of poetry, which she decicated to "Charles Dickens", a gesture the Inimitable accepted with 'great pleasure'. This particular copy comes from a prominent Detroit businessman's collection, gathered in the 1920s, and only now, 90 years later, coming onto the market. Spine sunned to a mellow golden tan. A handsome VG+ copy. Early 20th C. 3/4 green morocco binding with marbled paper boards & eps. TEG. Original publisher's green cloth binding bound-in at rear 1st edition thus (Gimbel B295), i.e., with the lithographic plate reproducing Dicken's letter. This copy SIGNED by Dickens, in blue ink, on the original ffep, "Faithfully yours / Charles Dickens [flourish]". Bookseller Inventory # 33231.1

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Great Expectations In Three Volumes.: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

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Item Description: London Chapman and Hall, 1861. The Rare First Issue of "Great Expectations" in the Original Cloth DICKENS, Charles. Great Expectations. In Three Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. First edition in book form, first issue. Three octavo volumes. [4], 344; [2], 351, [1, printer’s imprint]; [2], 344 pp. plus 32 pp. advertisements, dated May, 1861. With the first issue title-pages and with all the internal flaws for the first issue called for by Smith, except page 173 in volume III has an apostrophe in "there's." There are a four more points however that Smith notes which do not occur in every copy. Our set does not have the two points in Volume III that Smith notes only appeared in Sadleir’s copy ("3" missing in page number on p. 103, and first "i" missing in "inflexible" on p. 193, four lines up). Additionally, our set has a period after the headline on page 236 in volume III and also a dot over the 'i" on page 278, volume II. Both of these points Smith notes appear in most copies, but not all. Original moderate violet wavy-grain cloth with covers decoratively stamped in blind and spines ruled in blind and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Spines a bit sunned and extremities of boards and spines lightly rubbed. Occasional signature slightly sprung. Front inner hinge of volume III restored, others with hairline cracks. Overall, an excellent copy that shows very well. Housed together in a blue morocco pull-off case. One of only two Dickens novels never issued in monthly parts—the typical method since Pickwick—Great Expectations is also one of only two of his novels whose first editions weren’t illustrated (in both cases, Hard Times is the other). Great Expectations first appeared in England in the pages of Dickens’s popular magazine, All the Year Round, beginning on December 1, 1860 (though two American magazines, Harper’s Weekly and the American All the Year Round began serializing it slightly earlier, technically jeopardizing Dickens’s British copyright). "The rarity of the first issue of Great Expectations has been attributed to the probable small binding-up of copies with the first titlepage, coupled with the fact (according to C.P. Johnson, Hints to Collectors, p. 33, and others later) that ‘the first edition was almost entirely taken up by the libraries.’ Patten, pp. 290-92, states that 1,000 copies of the first issue and 750 of the second were printed and that probably most of the first and more than half of the second (1400) copies in all) were purchased by Mudie’s Select Library" (Smith I, p. 104, note 5). Smith I, 14. Eckel, pp. 91-93. Gimbel A146. HBS 67764. $37,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67764

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a handwritten envelope laid into the book. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the ORIGINAL green endpapers and ALL the First Issue points present. All four color plates are by Leech are vibrant in color. The 4 black and white illustrations by Linton are present. This First Issue also has most important point 'Stave I' on page 1 with the uncorrected text and the 1843 date printed on the title page. The title page is printed in blue and red ink. The front board has the perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. This copy is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author and housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. We buy SIGNED Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. First. 8vo, printed green wrapper, designed by George Cruikshank. 24 plates. London: Bradbury & Evans, January - October, 1846. Parts 3-9 are in fine condition. The front wrapper of Part 1 is slightly darkened, with a small chip at the lower spine; Part 2 is lacking the upper spine; In part 10, the margins of the front wrapper have been expertly restored, and the one leaf ad on yellow paper is not present. The "Oliver Twist Advertisers" in parts 1 & 2 are present as required, although one is bound in at front rather than the back. The 24 plates are all present, but not in the sequence described in Hatton & Cleaver. The set is preserved in a full green morocco slipcase with an elaborately gilt spine. This edition followed on previous publications; firstly as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany, Feb. 1837 - March, 1829. Before the close of the serial it came out in 3-volume form. The present issue, in parts, generally known as the first octavo edition, was always prized by collectors and consequently is the more valuable of the Oliver Twists. Eckels, page 62. "Complete sets can without exaggeration be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate or poor condition." Hatton & Cleaver, page 215. Bookseller Inventory # 256411

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall: London, 1861. 3 vols. 8 x 5", violet embossed cloth, 344pp, 351pp; 344pp + 32pp publisher's catalogue, covers rubbed, extremities bumped and worn, spines sunned and cocked, hinges loose, vol. 1 eps spotted, contents a bit worn with some finger soiling, ink marks on ffep of vol. 2, vol. 2 rear fly creased else a nice set in a custom gilt-dec golden crushed morocco; cloth case by Bayntun-Riviere (though not stated as such- from a collection of Bayntun-Riviere signed bindings.) FIRST EDITIONS IN THE ORIGINAL CLOTH; volume 3 is a later state with the apostrophe on p. 173, and with period in heading on p. 238, BUT WITH ALL OTHER POINTS AS GIVEN IN THE WALTER E. SMITH BIBLIOGRAPHY INCLUDING THE MAY 1861 PUBLISHER'S CATALOGUE AT REAR OF VOLUME 3. Bookseller Inventory # 99-3819

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. John Leech (illustrator). First Edition. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Bears the bookplate of James A. Stillman (1873-1944) chief executive of National City Bank of New York and a prominent book collector An exceptionally Fine copy with almost no wear; opposite the bookplate, on the ffep, there seems to be a faint impression of an earlier erased gift inscription, which is very faint. Original blind stamped and gilt decorated dark blue cloth covers, a rare example due to its exceptionally fine condition, minimal internal ageing, all plates pristine. Bookseller Inventory # 15805

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A Tale of Two Cities (in 8: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 8 monthly parts in seven books. A spectacular copy of this complete set. These monthly parts are bound in the ORIGINAL blue wrappers with the First Issue text with p. 213 showing "113" and the List of Plates bearing signature "b." This set collates complete, with the often-seen substitution of the Morison "Monument" ad for the Morison "View" ad in Part III and with a substitution of the slip from Part I in Part V. De Jongh ad at the back of part V is a different issue. The Plates in the wrappers are lightly foxed with minor wear to the wrappers. Overall, a magnificent set seldom seen in the original parts especially in this condition. Includes a custom drop box bound to protect the parts. We buy Dickens in parts. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12487726004

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Oliver Twist, in 10 monthly parts: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Bradbury & Evans, London (1846)

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL 10 monthly parts with ALL the advertisement inserts present but with back wrapper parts 5, 9 and 10 differing from Hatton and Cleaver bibliography. This complete set has ALL the original publisher's covers present with NO missing text. The wrappers are in nice shape with some wear to the spines and edges. The pages are clean with minor wear. Overall, a lovely set housed in a red morocco-covered slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16348492370

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans (1846)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Exceptionally Rare in Parts Partially Un-Opened DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist: or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. . With Twenty-Four Illustrations on Steel, By George Cruikshank. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected. London: Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, [January - October] 1846. First edition of the revised edition in ten monthly parts. Partially un-opened. Octavo. [i-v]vi-vii[viii-ix]x-xii, [1]2-311[312]. The twenty-four plates are those used for the original Bentley edition, re-touched, re-bitten, and "enhanced" by the engraver Findlay, and with the Bentley imprints erased. Cruikshank also designed the front wrapper for the parts issue, with very attractive, well-balanced, and appealing results The set at hand collates complete. Overall, in amazingly fresh and satisfying condition: wrappers bright and clean without edge fraying; text and plates clean; edges sharp; not at all tired or worn. Some minor paper restoration but overall, a fine copy of a true prize. ".[S]ets of the ten parts can, without exaggeration, be described as of the utmost rarity, whether in fine, moderate, or poor condition, and only exceeded by the 'high-spots' of Pickwick and the Sketches. As recently as 1931, it would have been an impossibility to purchase any kind of conditioned copy in the London book-market; for the simple reason that none were [sic] on offer or could be offered. The very scarcity alone, of the book in parts, gives added zest to the tracking down of copies, but many would-be owners are doomed to disappointment in their efforts to effect a capture, in face of the very limited supply available." Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 215-224. HBS 67346. $30,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67346

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Item Description: 1843. "DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas Books. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48. Together, five volumes. Small octavo, original rose and red cloths (Carol is expertly rebacked with original spine laid down), gilt-decorated covers and spines, all edges gilt. Housed in custom chemises and slipcase. $28,000.First editions of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books—chief among them a first issue of his immortal Christmas Carol, the veritable "Bible of Christmas"—illustrated with 63 engravings, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer, all books in the original gilt-decorated cloth. A lovely set.A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day the number of reprintings have been so many that all attempts at the figures have been futile. Altogether 24 editions were issued in the original format" (Eckel, 110). "It was a work written at the height of Dickens' great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). "Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens' Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature." The publication history of A Christmas Carol is bibliographically complex. "Dickens decided to publish the book himself He wanted the Carol to be a beautiful gift book and took pride in its development. He stipulated the following requirements: a fancy binding, blind-stamped, with gilding on the spine and front cover; all edges gilded; four full-page hand-colored etchings; half title and title pages printed in colors of bright red and green; and hand-colored green endpapers to match the green title page However, in examining printed copies prior to publication, Dickens was disappointed with the appearance of the green titles, which turned drab, and the hand-colored green endpapers, which dusted off and smudged, and had the title page changed to red and blue, the half title to blue, the date on the title page changed from 1844 to 1843, and the endpapers changed to yellow, which did not require hand work. Dickens' changes were completed by December 17 Since Dickens' instructions to discontinue the unsatisfactory titles and endpapers were received at the press before publication, at a time when there were on hand different quantities of endpapers, title pages, and sheets of printed text already produced, many copies are found with a mixture of features" (Gimbel A79). A Christmas Carol is from the first issue, with uncorrected text ("Stave I" as the first chapter heading), the red-and-blue title page dated 1843, the half title printed in blue, and light green endpapers. (First-issue copies appear with either yellow or green endpapers, no priority established.) Binding matches Todd's first impression, first issue, with the smallest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14-15 mm, and with the "D" in "Dickens" unbroken (Smith II:4). First edition of The Chimes, with the first state of the engraved title page (publisher's imprint is engraved within the title vignette); first edition of The Cricket on the Hearth, with second state of advertising leaf at rear (headed "New Edition of Oliver Twist"); first edition of The Battle of Life, with vignette title page in the fourth state (subtitled "A Love Story" on a scroll carried by an angel and without publisher's imprint); first edition of The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. All advertisements present, as issued.Dickens followed A Christmas Carol's tremendous success with four more Christmas books. In each book, he deftly develops the themes of the first, ideals that have consequently become inseparable from th. Bookseller Inventory # 89161

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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall 1843-48, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall 1843-48, London, 1843. First editions, first issues of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books. Octavo, original cloth, 5 volumes. A Christmas Carol, in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas is first state binding ("D" intact, 14mm margin), half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, hand-colored etched frontispiece and three hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in-text by W.J. Linton after Leech, 2pp. publisher's advertisements at the end. First edition, second impression per Smith, first impression, first issue per Todd YB43c (yellow endpapers, blue and red title-page, 1843 date, Stave One, remainder of text unrevised per Todd, also all per Scott save p.21, ln. 22, see supplement Table I Scott), one of three combinations that per Todd do not recur in the later issue, order 2 per Todd (no priority, outer b1 inner a1), sewers' mark "12" and line to verso of ad leaf and recto rear endpaper, and with one of five points noted in VanderPoel (space between sentences p.127, ln. 22, is 4mm). Very light wear to the cloth, otherwise fine. The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisement, half-title, engraved frontispiece and first state vignette title page. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws per Smith (save "h" p.166, some copies). In near fine condition. The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page, first state ad leaf. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws (save p.iv and 79). Front inner hinge cracked; manuscript inscription to title page. The Battle of Life. A Love Story has yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, advertisements, frontispiece and second state vignette title page [Todd C2, Eckel 2]. First edition, with four internal flaws per Smith. In near fine condition. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisements, frontispiece and vignette title page. First edition, with internal flaws noted per Smith (save pp.iv and 122, some copies). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional set, uncommon in this condition. A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day the number of reprintings have been so many that all attempts at the figures have been futile. Altogether 24 editions were issued in the original format" (Eckel, 110). "It was a work written at the height of Dickens’ great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). "Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens’ Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.". Bookseller Inventory # 4330

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Charles Dickens's Works [Edition des Bibliophiles]: DICKENS, Charles; Kyd;

DICKENS, Charles; Kyd; Garnett, Richard

Published by London: Merrill & Baker, 1900 (1900)

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Item Description: London: Merrill & Baker, 1900, 1900. Edition des Bibliophiles One of Only Twenty-Six CopiesDICKENS, Charles. Charles Dickens's Works. Edited by Richard Garnett. Most Unusually and Elaborately Illustrated. London: Merrill & Baker, [1900].Edition des Bibliophiles. Limited to twenty-six lettered and registered copies (this copy being Letter "H," Printed for Sadie Belle Lufkin). Thirty-two octavo volumes (8 15/16 x 6 inches; 227 x 154 mm.). Elaborately illustrated with frontispieces and plates, including photogravures, etchings, photo-etchings, from the original illustrations by Frederick Barnard, Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"), George Cattermole, George Cruikshank, Dalziel, F.O.C. Darley, Luke Fildes, John Gilbert, Edwin Landseer, John Leech, Daniel Maclise, J. Mahoney, F.W. Pailthorpe, Robert Seymour, Stanfield, F. Stone, Marcus Stone, and others, including fifty original watercolor drawings ("Aquarelles") by "Kyd" (Joseph Clayton Clarke) of Dickens's characters. Descriptive tissue guards.Contemporary blue crushed levant morocco. Covers decoratively tooled in gilt in a floral design within a gilt single fillet border, spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, gilt-dotted board edges, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt within an outer border of a gilt-dotted rule and two gilt fillets, red calf doublures, red watered silk liners, top edge gilt, others uncut. Partially unopened. Although the spines are uniformly faded to green and a few leaves are poorly opened, this set is in a spectacular binding. Bookseller Inventory # 00566

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Richard Bentley, London (1838)

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Item Description: Richard Bentley, London, 1838. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This book has the First issue point with the 'Fireside' plate and the author credited as 'Boz' to the title page. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in envelope. An attractive copy with light wear to the spine and edges. The bindings in all three books are tight, bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth. The pages are clean with light discoloration. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this (3) Volume First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11873974965

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with following First Issue points present "Four hand colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech" "Four black and white wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton" "The title page in printed in blue and red" "dated 1843 on title page" "The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath" with two pages of advertisement present on last page." A wonderful copy. The book is great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13175143843

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Charles Dickens

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Item Description: Charles Dickens signed autograph quotation of the death of his Little Nell, who became a cultural icon"She was dead. No sleep so beautiful and calm, so free from trace of pain, so fair to look upon. She seemed a creature fresh from the hand of God, and waiting for the breath of life; not one who had lived and suffered death." Charles Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. In 1839 he added Oliver Twist, and his fame grew. The Old Curiosity Shop was his fourth novel, and Dickens first published it along with some short stories in his short-lived periodical, Master HumphreyÕs Clock, which lasted from 1840 to 1841. This fourth novel was so popular that New York readers stormed the wharf when the ship bearing the final installment arrived. The Old Curiosity Shop was printed in book form in 1841.In the preface to The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens wrote, ÒI had it always in my fancy to surround the lonely figure of the child with grotesque and wild, but not impossible companions, and to gather about her innocent face and pure intentions, associates as strange and uncongenial as the grim objects that are about her bed when her history is first foreshadowed.Ó He carried out his fancy in the work, which tells the story of Nell Trent, a beautiful and virtuous young girl of "not quite fourteen." An orphan, she lives with her maternal grandfather in his shop of odds and ends. Her only friend is Kit, an honest boy employed at the shop, whom she is teaching to write. Obsessed with ensuring that Nell does not die in poverty as her parents did, her grandfather attempts to provide Nell with a good inheritance through gambling at cards. He borrows heavily from the evil Daniel Quilp, a malicious, grotesque, and hunchbacked moneylender. In the end, he gambles away what little money they have, and Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of the shop and evict Nell and her grandfather. Convinced that the old man has stored up a large fortune for Nell, her older brother Frederick convinces the good-natured but easily led Dick Swiveller to help him track Nell down, so that Swiveller can marry Nell and share her supposed inheritance with Frederick. To this end, they join forces with Quilp and pursue the girl and her grandfather. Nell, having fallen in with a number of characters, some villainous and some kind, succeeds in leading her grandfather to safety in a far-off village, but this comes at a considerable cost to Nell's health.Kit, having lost his job at the curiosity shop, has found new employment with the kind Mr. and Mrs. Garland. Here he is contacted by a mysterious 'single gentleman' who is looking for news of Nell and her grandfather. The 'single gentleman' and Kit's mother go after them unsuccessfully, and encounter Quilp, who is also hunting for the runaways. Quilp forms a grudge against Kit and has him framed as a thief. Kit is sentenced to transportation. However, Dick Swiveller proves Kit's innocence, and Quilp is hunted down and dies trying to escape his pursuers. At the same time, a coincidence leads Mr. Garland to knowledge of Nell's whereabouts, and he, Kit, and the single gentleman (who turns out to be the younger brother of Nell's grandfather) go to find her. Sadly, by the time they arrive, Nell has died as a result of her arduous journey. Her grandfather, already mentally infirm, refuses to admit she is dead and sits every day by her grave waiting for her to come back until, a few months later, he dies himself.Dickens himself was traumatized by her death, saying he felt writing it as though he were experiencing the death of one of his children; he also wrote of it, ÒOld wounds bleed afresh when I think of this sad story.Ó It certainly brought back painful memories of the death of his sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth, and indeed that death played a key role in DickensÕs formulation of the character. Little Nell became a cultural symbol with a long-lasting impact. As author David Fru. Bookseller Inventory # 10869

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Great Expectations: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1861)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 5th or later Edition. First Edition, fifth issue. Three volumes, including the publisher's catalog dated August 1861 at the rear of Volume III. Bound in the publisher's original ribbed purple cloth binding, with ruling and decorations in blind to boards, lettering and decorations in gilt to spine. This copy has the majority of the first issue points, with only a few of the corrections that were made after the first issue. Overall, a clean and attractive set, extremely rare in the unsophisticated publisher's cloth. The first issue of the first edition book, published on July 6, 1861, was followed by four subsequent issues of the same edition, published on August 5, August 17, September 21, and October 30 of the same year. Smith notes that "These first five issues were probably printed at a single impression and published with altered title pages to imply and encourage a rapid sale In all five issues, the same misprints persist." The first issue, which included a print run of 1,000 copies was "almost entirely taken up by the libraries," leaving only a few hundred copies for private ownership. Overall, a beautiful unrestored, uniform set. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1602012

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First issue point with page 213 miss-paginated. The publisher's catalog is present and dated November 1859. This copy is SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in check dated 1859, the same year this book was published. A wonderful UNRESTORED copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Red Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor discoloration to the endpapers. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this First Edition SIGNED by the author. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11874317723

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with 'Stave I' on page 1 and uncorrected text. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First issue points. The title page in printed in blue and red, dated 1843. The copy has the ORIGINAL green endpapers. The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. A beautiful UNRESTORED copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor wear. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's condition. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11874319336

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Pickwick Papers (Original Parts 20 in 19): Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1836)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1836. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings in the ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS SIGNED by Charles Dickens on a laid in check. A superb set in the publisher's green pictorial wrappers with minor wear to the spines and edges. These ORIGINAL wrappers include 27 additional plates with the rare suppressed plates by R. W. Buss in part 3. A total of 70 plates present, with the 27 additions showing different versions of the original 43, some plates being variants not mentioned in Hatton and Cleaver. "These three artists (Seymour, Buss, "Phiz") etched, in all, 92 plates for the completed work; of which 43 are the "Originals" as they appeared in the first issue of the monthly parts, 4 are "Replacements," 2 are "Substitutes," and 24 are "Duplicates" of the originals: total 73. The remaining 19 are not dealt with in this bibliography" (Hatton and Cleaver pp 17). Fourteen of the front wrappers and twelve of the back wrappers are first issue (the wrappers, like the plates, can be found in a number of variants). The text has issue points in twelve of the nineteen books, in this set two of the parts show first issue text and ten show later issue text. The Pickwick advertiser is present and complete in eleven of the sixteen parts which call for it. The set also retains five of the seven "addresses" that were issued in the course of publication. Back ads present are Parts IX, one ad;, part X, one ad; Part XIII, two ads; Part XIV, one ad; Part XV, seven ads; Part XVII, three ads; Part XVIII, four ads; and Part XIX-XX, four ads. This shows twenty-three of the thirty-four ads called for in Hatton and Cleaver. Not complete as for the advertisements, but still with many more ads here than most copies in recent years. An overall excellent set documenting the progression and development of the illustrated plates and their variations housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation SIGNED by the author. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16396580591

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OLIVER TWIST;: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: 1838. [our finest copy evah] or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." In Three Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. 4 pp Vol I undated ads; 2 preliminary pp Vol III undated ads. Original purplish-brown fine-diaper cloth. First Edition, first issue, of this classic novel that has also been a hit as a Broadway musical. This is the "true first edition," not merely the "first edition in book form." Unlike most of Dickens's novels, OLIVER TWIST was not first issued in monthly serial parts; it did appear in "Bentley's Miscellany" magazine from February 1837 through April 1839, but this three-volume edition was published in November 1838. (OLIVER TWIST was finally issued in ten serial parts in 1846 -- one of the scarcest "Dickens in parts.")~Within a week after initial publication, copies began to be issued (at Dickens's insistence) with his name on the title pages (rather than "Boz"), and with the "church" plate replacing the "fireside" plate. This copy is of the first issue -- with "Boz" on the title pages and with the "fireside" plate at the end of Vol III. This set is in the primary fine-diaper cloth (some copies are in horizontally-ribbed cloth of the same color, but with a different arabesque design -- precedence unknown). This copy does have the "London/Bentley" imprint at the foot of the spines, where some copies are blank; it has been surmised that the blank binding is earlier, if only because Bentley would have been more likely to add than to remove his name from the volumes -- though precedence is far from certain. Lastly, the list of illustrations in Vol I is present in this copy: again it is uncertain whether its absence or its presence was the earlier state, though it is possible that Bentley may have begun inserting it when he realized that George Cruikshank's name had otherwise been omitted from the publication. (Bear in mind that the second issue, with Dickens's name on the title pages, was out within a week of the first; therefore, all of these questions of precedence among issue points involve only a few days.)~This set is in FINE condition: there is essentially no external wear to the cloth, the spine gilt remains bright, the original yellow endpapers exhibit only the merest hint of cracking, there is scarcely any foxing at all on the textual leaves or plates. in fact, the ONLY notable flaw is that on two covers there is a faint partial glass-ring. Period. This is the best copy we have offered in our 35 years in business. Smith I pp 28-37; Gimbel A27; Eckel pp 59-61; Carter BV p. 107 and MBV p. 7. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case. Bookseller Inventory # 12634

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Item Description: Bradbury & Evans May -November 1850, 1849. FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL 20 MONTHLY PARTS (bound in 19 as issued), with the 38 plates by 'Phiz' bound 2 at the front of each part, frontispiece and dated vignette title-page in the final part with the other preliminary matter, advertisements as per Hatton and Cleaver (including the rare folding advertisement for Letts diaries, but without sample leaves), some plates lightly spotted or foxed, one advertisement in final part loose, one back advertisement in final Part loose, 8vo, original printed wrappers, spine of Part 1 repaired, small tear to the rear hinge of Part 19/20, tiny repairs to the fore-edges of Parts 2 and 3, preserved in a red cloth clamshell box with the Suzannet bookplate inside it and a modern bookplate above it (just covering the top of the earlier one), very good. One of the scarcest and most desirable of the parts issues. This is an exceptional set (reflecting its Suzannet provenance), largely unsophisticated, with the wrappers minimally soiled and of an even brightness and colour. (Hatton & Cleaver pp. 253-72). Bookseller Inventory # 55682

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